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Attracting the Dinner Crowd

21 Nov, 2005 By: Erik Gruenwedel


Tartan Video is taking dinner and a movie to Asia Extreme. The indie supplier last week bowed Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, due on DVD Nov. 22 from its Asia Extreme line, at CineSpace, a Los Angeles restaurant. Showings of other features will occur monthly.

Tartan was looking for a venue and audience not ordinarily drawn to the Asian horror genre. “These films challenge you, make you ask questions and compel you to dissect the plot twists and endings with people around you,” said Tartan president Tony Borg.

“I was reluctant to see [the titles] because I'm not really into horror films,” said restaurant publicist Kene G. “I was expecting something really horrific, and instead I found these incredibly forward thinking, very beautiful, very poignant films.”

CineSpace's dining room has three, 5.1 digital surround sound systems and two, 6-foot digital rear projection screens. The patio has two digital projectors, and the lounge sports 21, 4-inch LCD monitors and a digital projector. There is no charge to see a film.

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